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Door 22: Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day: Vanilla Beaned

Vanilla Beaned  - Jenn McKinlay

In the eighth in the New York Times bestselling series by the author of Dark Chocolate Demise, the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew goes double or nothing in Vegas...
 
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are taking a gamble by opening their first franchise of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, so where better to hit the jackpot than in Vegas? Business manager Tate Harper has lined up a meeting with Holly Hartzmark, a former showgirl who’s looking to bring Mel and Angie’s sweet treats to Sin City, but Mel isn’t so sure she’s ready to hand her recipes over to a complete stranger—especially one as brash as Holly.
 
But after the potential bakery location gets blown up, Mel begins seeing another side to Holly—one that reminds her very much of herself. Determined to help a kindred spirit, Mel sets out to discover who is trying to keep the bakery from cashing in. But with a murderous mischief maker on the loose, the odds are stacking up against a happy ending for Mel and her friends...

 

My take: I am still really enjoying this series. Some of the situations they get into are a bit contrived but it still all works for me. Mel and Joe's relationship back and forths are a little tiring but things seem to be progressing along. It took me a bit to warm up to Holly but I did which is good since it appears she may be in for the long haul. 

 

I decided to use this one for Door 22: Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve / St. Sylvester’s Day

Book: Read a book about an ending or a new start, where things go BOOM, with fireworks on the cover, set in medieval times, about the papacy, or where miracles of any sort are performed.

 

It was all about Holly's new start and there was definitely a big BOOM in the beginning. It fits nicely.